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Document Number: 3613

Flaws and Remedies: Improving Local, State, and Federal Dropout Reporting - Dropout rates have been key indicators of success in education systems, but there are questions about how accurate they are. This report describes current methods of calculating and defining dropout rates by states, and notes that most states lack an adequate data-collection system for tracking dropout information accurately. The authors provide standards for defining and calculating dropout and at-risk information, and note that, for the best information, automated individual student record systems should be used to track students across schools and school years. The report concludes with a chart identifying problems with current dropout data and specific remedies for each problem. (B. Clements, G. Ligon and V. Paredes, Evaluation Software Publishing, Inc., April 2000)...

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